Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2022. 1:25 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Brandon Baptist, John Grinage, and Sheldon Grinage, who were all charged with gang affiliation, have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after the Supreme Court determined that they were in violation of the conditions of their bail.
The prosecution made submissions to the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the three men had violated their bail conditions by failing to sign it at the Mahogany Street Police station between August 20, 2021, and April 3, 2022, more than seven months.
When the men were initially charged in relation to a video posted on social media of them posting with firearms and allegedly professing gang membership, Justice Herbert Lord had granted them bail in the sum of $15,000 plus three sureties of $5,000 each, with one of those conditions being that they sign in at the police station three times a week.
They were also placed on curfew and were prohibited from being outdoors between the hours of 8:00 p.m.- 5:00 a.m. on any given night; however, John Grinage was found to be in breach of this condition when he was found in front of Chon Sing restaurant near Majestic Alley, at 8:30 p.m. on April 1.
Their attorney, Liesja Barrow Chung told the court that the men were not signing in at the police station because members of a rival gang sign in at that station, so they refrained from going there to avoid a flare-up of gang violence in the city.
Justice Suzan Lamb sided with the prosecution and immediately revoked their bail. Notably, only Baptist and John Grinage appeared in court as Sheldon Grinage is still at large. His bail was revoked in his absence and he is currently being sought by police.
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